355:201 Research in the Disciplines

  Register for a topic of study related to your major or personal interest, develop your own research question within that topic, and learn the process of...

The Expos Five

The Expos Five

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Minor in Business & Technical Writing

Minor in Business & Technical Writing

The Writing Program now offers a minor in Business & Technical Writing to all interested undergraduates in the School of Arts and Sciences.

355:355  Writing in the Professions (Law, Medicine, Psychology)

355:355 Writing in the Professions (Law, Medicine, Psychology)

This introductory course in legal writing is designed to help students read, write and think like lawyers.

355:101 Expository Writing

355:101 Expository Writing

The course is designed to help students learn to read deeply, think critically and write effectively about complex texts taken from The New Humanities Reader.

  • 355:201 Research in the Disciplines

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  • Minor in Business & Technical Writing

    Minor in Business & Technical Writing

  • 355:355  Writing in the Professions (Law, Medicine, Psychology)

    355:355 Writing in the Professions (Law, Medicine, Psychology)

  • 355:101 Expository Writing

    355:101 Expository Writing

355:201 Research in the Disciplines

 

Register for a topic of study related to your major or personal interest, develop your own research question within that topic, and learn the process of researching, writing and revising a 10-12 page analytic research paper.  

The class meets core requirements for most schools at RU, and will help you gain valuable expertise in your topic area, learn how to do scholarly research, and improve your writing and revision abilities.

 For more information, contact Lynda Dexheimer, 201 Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 SAS Students: 201 is Core certified for both the Revision-Based (WCr) and the Discipline-Based (WCd) Writing & Communication goals.

 SEBS Students: 201 meets Core Curriculum Requirements in Area VI: Oral and Written Communication

 Other Students: 201 meets requirements for most schools at RU.  Please check with your advisor.

 Transfer Students:  If you did not take Expository Writing at RU, you must register for 301, which is designed for transfer students, rather than 201. 

 


Fall 2016 Course Listing
 
College Avenue
 
PRIVACY RIGHTS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
355:201:05 13675         M7 (6:10 – 7:30)                SC-219 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: M. WAHBA
This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation
 
Texts. Emails. Facebook. Twitter. Linkedin. G-chat. Skype. The way we communicate has changed over time and the channels of communication seem to be ever increasing.  This course gives students an opportunity to research and explore changes in communication in the context of the digital age.  Examples of research options include topics such as the changes in language attributable to increased electronic communication, the loss of a message's meaning on social media, the importance of (or lack thereof) body language in communication, and the effects of increased connectivity on communication.
 
TRAVEL WRITING: NARRATIVES & PERSPECTIVE
355:201:06 18961         T2 (9:50 – 11:10)              SC-204 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: S. SYREK
This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation
 
Tales of journeys to other lands, both real and imagined, comprise an important genre of writing. Although an integral part of every literary tradition, the hybrid nature of the travel narrative makes it difficult to categorize: one writer refers to its "wonderful ambiguity, somewhere between fact and fiction" while another calls it a "postmodern collage." It can simultaneously be a work of history, ethnography, journalism, and philosophy. A travel narrative may combine elements of adventure, fantasy, and memoir. Its tone may be sympathetic or prejudiced, its narrating travelers cynical or idealistic, its style naïve, ironic, or matter-of-fact. We can learn from travel writing about other times and "exotic" places but also about the "self" versus the "other." Some travel writing is parodic, such as Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels." Some is scientific, from Francis Bacon's "New Atlantis" to the voyages of Charles Darwin. Travel narratives can inform us about pilgrimage, migration, exploration, and conquest. They may serve as our primary sources of human oppression when written by escaped slaves, exiles, refugees, and other displaced peoples. Conversely, they can also represent the privileged world view of the Grand Tour and the modern tourism industry, or provide informative escapism for people who don't travel themselves. The study of travel writing offers an unrestricted array of opportunities for research and reflection about the stories of travel that have shaped how we think about the world.
 
SCIENCE, MEDICINE & SOCIETY
355:201:08 12040         T3 (11:30 – 12:50)           CA-A3   CAC                          INSTRUCTOR: S. SYREK
This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation
 
“Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives.  Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON AND BUSCH CAMPUSES.
 
COLLEGE!
355:201:10 10909         T6 (4:30 – 5:50)                 MU-115 CAC                         INSTRUCTOR: M. GOELLER
This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation
 
This course explores the changing meaning of college in America, with a focus on the increasing privatization of public education.  Research topics might include the rising costs of college and matching student debt, the disconnect between student life and academics, the stressful competition for admission to  the most selective schools, the expense of remedial education, the rise of big time college sports as a revenue stream, the history of student protest movements, the role of fraternities and sororities, and the complex relationship between faculty and corporations. As part of the class, students will be required to conduct at least one primary source interview that is appropriate to their projects. This is a hybrid course with meetings one day each week supplemented by online activities, which will include keeping a research blog and participating in online discussion forums.
 
HEROES AND VILLAINS
355:201:A1 09293        MTH2  (9:50 – 11:10)    FH-A6 CAC                            INSTRUCTOR: P. MORRONE
 
Walter White. Cersei Lannister. Tony Soprano. Dwight K. Schrute. We love antiheros, and we love to watch them be bad. The recent Golden Age of Television has given rise to a number of characters that fascinate us with their depravity. Beginning with readings from Chuck Klosterman’s I Wear the Black Hat and Maggie Nelson’s The Art of Cruelty, students will develop an original research project that deals with questions such as: Why do we root for the villain? How are flaws more relatable than virtues, and what does that say about contemporary morality? Is the experience of violence and evil in entertainment dangerous, or a necessary release?
 
FEMINISM FOR EVERYONE
355:201:A4 03479        MTH3 (11:30 – 12:50)  SC-203 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: A.KING
 
Regardless of age, race, gender, class, or sexual orientation, feminism is relevant to everyone. In this course we will explore the roots of the feminist movement, modern-day issues within feminism, the misconceptions about what it means to be a feminist, and the ways in which feminism is relevant to today’s Rutgers students.  Drawing on a wide range of sources from Mary Wollstonecraft to Sarah Silverman, from blogs to books, from fashion magazines to photographic archives, we will delve into feminism as not just an isolated movement, but one that intersects with myriad modern-day issues in politics, the sciences, sports, the arts, and pop culture.
 
THE CORPORATION
355:201:B2 11972        MW4 (1:10 – 2:30)           SC-214 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: J. ROBBINS
 
Corporate names, brands, and logos are everywhere, but what exactly is a corporation? What role so corporations play in economies, political systems, and in daily life? What consequences do corporate practices have on social structures and institutions? “The Corporation” offers rich opportunities for student investigation. Possible topics include Occupy Wall Street; business ethics; globalization; advertising; branding; and marketing; corporatization of entertainment, sports, education, healthcare; Citizens United; income inequality; corporate personhood; economic development; etc.
 
STRESS AND MENTAL HEALTH
355:201:B3 11973        MW4 (1:10 – 2:30)           SC-206 CAC                           INSTRCUTOR: R. MUSAT
 
Are you stressed out? How does stress affect your writing process?  How is stress created, defined, and experienced? Using psychological and sociological lenses, students will examine the way we use and manage stress. Through independent research, students investigate a contemporary issue in the field of Psychology or Sociology.
 
DIGITAL ARGUMENTS: HOW NEW MEDIA SHAPE THE WAY WE WRITE
355:201:B4 19283        MW4 (1:10 – 2:30)           SC-202 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: D. KEATES
 
 “New Media” is a catchphrase for a cloud of technology, skills, and processes that allow interactive user feedback, creative participation, and community formation around the media content.  As researchers have found new ways to digitize data, writers have found new ways to present this information that go beyond the 2-D static illustrations long common in print arguments. There is now interest making use of interactive visualizations and other forms of what the MIT Media Lab calls “multisensory, embodied, and aesthetic interactions.” Students in this class will examine how these “interactions” organize data to make their own forms of argument, and consider how examples of these emerging forms of communication can be used to enrich and extend more traditional forms of scholarly argument. 
 
GENDER IN THE WORKPLACE
355:201:B5 13839        MW5 (2:50 – 4:10)           HH-A3 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: P. MORRONE
 
How do your gender, sex, and sexuality affect the way people perceive your abilities? Despite advances made in gender equality through the last century, contemporary legal cases, academic studies, and popular testimonials reveal persistent inequality. How does gender affect perceptions of collegiality, leadership, and ambition?
 
STORIES WE TELL 
355:201:B6 19284        MW5 (2:50 – 4:10)           MU-112 CAC                         INSTRUCTOR: D. KEATES
 
What’s your personal narrative? What are the stories you tell and listen to that make you who you are? Storytelling shapes identity and can be first-person accounts about relationships, honoring the dead, journeys, adventures, faith, politics and accomplishments. It is also living history as in the thousands of stories that make a culture’s collective identity. Storytelling is digital, written, oral, image, song and dance and never before have so many diverse fields used the power of the story in their work. Storytelling played a role in evolution, and today is practiced at every cultural level, from riots in Africa to boardrooms, from the porches of rural America to hospitals, from churches, mosques and temples to the courthouse – and your house. Research topics have included investigating how story relates to voodoo healing, an Indian epic tale, cigarette ad campaigns, Palestinian exile, photos from the civil rights era, classical music, the paintings of Jacob Lawrence, dementia treatment, hip hop dance and chocolate.  Yes, chocolate.
 
FASHION
355:201:D3 07812        TTH5 (2:50 – 4:10)         HH-A2 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: A. ALTER
 
How did something as essential as clothing evolve into something as frivolous as fashion, constantly changing and regularly discarded? How did the verb "to fashion", which means, "to make," end up as a noun that describes the latest and hottest garment to be worn, a word synonymous with change? This class will explore these questions. We will also examine how fashion is used to define individuals and how fashion is a form of communication and culture with rules, values, and prohibitions. From fashion design and designers, to beauty and marketing, to subcultures and politics, this course will look at fashion as a social and cultural language today. Some possible research topics are: the cultural significance of specific designers; an examination of fashion trends as subculture; or a history of cosmetic use and its evolution in the last 100 years.
 
FANTASY AND THE MIDDLE AGES
355:201:E1 04445         TTH7 (6:10 – 7:30)         MU-113 CAC                         INSTRUCTOR: M. CINNIRELLA
 
Elements of science fiction and fantasy stories can be used to dramatize contemporary problems. How does escape into Oz or Middle Earth change the dimensions not only of social and psychological identity, but also of broader social and cultural structures such as race, gender, and class? How does painting a speculative framework allow for explorations of uncharted or sensitive concepts? Drawing from Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and beyond, this class will examine the foreign landscape of Fantasy where heightened conditions shine a new light on human identity and the perspective of self and society, providing a reflection of new-found knowledge and truth closer to home, in the world we know.
 
CRITICAL ARGUMENTS FOR RESEARCH
355:201:H1 10908        MW2 (9:50 – 11:10)        MU-114 CAC                         INSTRUCTOR: D. KEATES
 

“Why do we need to learn from the past?” students asked Hegel. Hegel replied that learning is the key to actualized freedom because “freedom” is not “the ability to do what we please” but the ability to understand and choose the ideas and obligations that best develop free will. Critical arguments have a practical purpose: they help human beings create their world. They challenge orthodoxy by studying its assumptions, and use that conversation to situate their ideas. To help focus independent research projects, this section will begin by reading a selection of fundamental arguments by thinkers critical to fields in the arts and sciences. The choice of texts will be determined in part by the interests of students to help develop component parts of an argument  - including frame theories, paradigms, case studies, data, experiences, and hypotheses – that will produce new perspectives, and exciting new work, on their questions.

 
Busch
 
SCIENCE, MEDICINE & SOCIETY
355:201:F1 19187         MTH2 (10:20 – 11:40)     PH-007 BUS                       INSTRUCTOR: K. WILFORD
 
“Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives.  Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON AND COLLEVE AVENUE CAMPUSES. 
 
NUTRITION AND EXERCISE SCIENCE
355:201:F2 12037         MTH3 (12:00 – 1:20)     ARC-326 BUS                       INSTRUCTOR: K. WILFORD
 
This course gives students an opportunity to research nutrition and exercise strategies for optimal wellness.  Research options include topics such as training techniques; sports pedagogy; training and diet for athletes; diet and/or exercise as treatment for or prevention of disease; nutrition and exercise for pregnant women; childhood obesity; occupational therapy; physical therapy; sports medicine; weight management; eating disorders; food insecurity; etc. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON CAMPUS
 
HEALTH CARE ETHICS
355:201:F4 16246         MW6 (5:00 – 6:20)           ARC-324 BUS                       INSTRUCTOR: HAQQ-STEVENS
 
“Healthcare Ethics” focuses on the how personal, cultural, community and political ethics affect the practice and delivery of healthcare. Research topics include medicine, doctor/nurse patient relationship, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing, western and eastern medicine, nursing, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering and insurance industries. Students can also study how personal, cultural and religious views influence the practice and delivery of healthcare.
 
PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES
355:201:F5 12163         TTH4 (1:40 – 3:00)         ARC-326 BUS                       INSTRUCTOR: J. EVANS
 
Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and development of policies that help make the home, workplace and public sphere safe. This course allows the student to research the intersection of health concerns with many other disciplines – public policy, psychology, history, sociology and science. The choices for research papers range from family planning to studying infectious disease outbreaks to biochemical terrorist attacks. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON CAMPUS.
 
TECHNOLOGY 
355:201:F7 16207         TTH5 (3:20 – 4:40)         ARC-324 BUS     INSTRUCTOR: K. THOMPSON
 
Technology sells the promise of doing more and more for us: one million apps and counting; drugs for all problems; TV on demand; self-driving cars; 3D printing; Internet in your glasses; etc. Yet side-by-side with state of the art tech, we find mounting chaos in the United States: government gridlock; epidemic obesity; environmental degradation; privacy invasions; economic stagnation; debt crises, etc. This course offers students the opportunity to read and analyze research that may help connect the dots between the promise and the chaos, to step backstage and ask: Does technical progress really equal human progress? Or is the rising technical order at the expense of human/environmental chaos? Or both? NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON CAMPUS.
 
SCIENCE, MEDICINE & SOCIETY
355:201:F9 06613         TTH6 (5:00 – 6:20)         ARC-324 BUS                       INSTRUCTOR: K. THOMPSON
 
“Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives.  Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON AND COLLEVE AVENUE CAMPUSES. 
 
Livingston
 
CELEBRITY  
355:201:15 12125         W5 (3:20 – 4:40)               BE-121 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: A. BOUHLAS
This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation
 
The idea of celebrity began in the ancient world with powerful Greek and Roman gods and goddesses.  Celebrity grew to include Olympic athletes, gladiators, mighty warriors, rulers, and religious figures such as saints and martyrs.  Mass media have greatly expanded the list of celebrities to include the famous, not so famous, and the infamous.  Possible topics include the cult of celebrity, celebrity culture, privacy, movie stars, heroes, athletes, royalty, daredevils, fictional characters, nonebrities (the famous for being famous), religious and political leaders, judges, chefs, artists, and entertainers.   Inanimate objects like bridges, buildings, monuments, mountains, museums, and cities can also achieve celebrity status and hold a place in our imaginations.
 
BUSINESS ETHICS 

355:201:18 16196         TH4 (1:40 – 3:00)             TIL-230 LIV                         INSTRUCTOR: M. SRINIVASAN

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

This course will explore the broad topic of Business Ethics in everyday life and examine the nuances of the definition of ethics as it is accepted in the practice of business. Questions to explore will include dissonance between personal ethics, business ethics and legalities; the differences between an individual and the business; intercultural variance in ethics; how immigration has shaped the definition of business ethics in the United States; the difference in ethics across political boundaries, both individually and nationally; the trivialization or rejection of ethics in the name of commerce, and how business practices serve as a fundamental component in building and shaping social ethics. Research areas can include business and management processes; capitalism as a philosophy; individual obligations and rights within society; law and finance, etc. While a wide variety of topics will be examined and readings will be assigned, students will have ample scope to present, research and examine their own points of view.

 

LOVE & SEX
 
355:201:20 12119         W4 (1:40 – 3:00)               BE-121 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: A. BOUHLAS
This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation
 
Most songs, novels, and movies focus on the same theme: love.  How can we define love?  What is the difference between loving someone and being in love?  In this course, students will investigate the ways in which love and sex affect cultural traditions, gender norms, and the human condition.  We will look at controversial issues that arise when people defy, redefine, or revisit cultural and social norms associated with love and sex.  Possible topics include acts of flirtation, gay marriage, public displays of affection, serial killers and necrophilia, sexuality in comic books, female genital mutilation, Internet sex addiction, sexual predators, and pornography. 
 
PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES
355:201:G1 12120        MTH2 (10:20 – 11:40)  BE-119 LIV         INSTRUCTOR: L. COOLIDGE
 
Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and development of policies that help make the home, workplace and public sphere safe. This course allows the student to research the intersection of health concerns with many other disciplines – public policy, psychology, history, sociology and science. The choices for research papers range from family planning to studying infectious disease outbreaks to biochemical terrorist attacks. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON BUSCH CAMPUS.
 
SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY
355:201:G2 08443 MW3 (12:00 – 1:20) LSH-B117(M), LSH-B112(W) LIV   INSTRUCTOR: B. FISHER
 
Americans often seem shocked when revelations of government snooping into citizens' phone calls and emails come to light, yet the same Americans are entertained by fictionalized TV intelligence and surveillance thrillers such as "Person of Interest" and "Homeland." Moreover, millions of Americans routinely publish their personal information on Facebook and other social media for the world to see.  What expectations of privacy can we expect in a world in which surveillance has become so easy and so common?  And if the government is collecting data on us, how is this different from the private corporations that do so as well? What is or should be secret today? In this course, students will explore and research the intersection between the reality of surveillance and the changing expectations of privacy.
 
PSYCHOLOGY OF CONFLICT 
355:201:G3 08316        MW4 (1:40 – 3:00)           LSH-B110 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: B. FISHER
 
“Can we all get along?” Rodney King touched the soul of the nation in 1992 with this simple but insightful question because it poses fundamental human concerns:  why do we fight with our family, friends, and loved ones?  Why is argument the basis of so much of education and business? Why do gender, class, race, and ethnic groups sometimes fight over core values and backgrounds?  Why do nations go to war?  “Psychology of Conflict” will allow students to address these issues and more.  Conflict may not always lend itself to resolution, but resolution can often be managed.  Investigation of techniques for conflict resolution can provide an additional avenue for student research.
 
SCIENCE, MEDICINE & SOCIETY
355:201:G4 18963        MTH1 (8:40 – 10:00)     LSH-B269 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: T. BUDD
 
“Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives.  Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON BUSCH AND COLLEVE AVENUE CAMPUSES. 
 
 
MASS INCARCERATION
355:201:G5 13334        MW5 (3:20 – 4:40)           LSH-B105 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: N. TUCKSON
 
The United States has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the Western world: a status gained through tougher drug and sentencing laws in the 1970s that increased the imprisoned population by multiple factors. In this class, we will explore the legal and social phenomena that led to this increase, as well as the responses and alternatives that are being posed. Topics that students can explore in individual research projects include: prison overcrowding, the death penalty, social and educational rehabilitation, the impact of race and class on arrest rates, sentencing reform, the juvenile justice system, the growth of private (for-profit) prisons, lifetime voting bans and/or the social stigmatization of ex-offenders, and myths about imprisonment that may affect social responses to the issue.
 
EPIDEMICS
355:201:G6 19175        MTH2 (10:20 – 11:40)     BE-013 LIV                        INSTRUCTOR: J. HUNTER
 
Zombie, Bioterror, West Nile: the danger and mythology of epidemics is present in our global consciousness and popular culture. In this course, students will explore epidemic origin, response, and aftermath through scientific, economic, religious, technological, societal, and political lenses. Research topics may include: the role of hysteria in epidemic aftermath, politics of awareness and education in times of outbreak, bioterror as a vehicle for blame and persecution, the role of economics and privilege in the time of pestilence, and plague as moral and religious propaganda.
 
CONTRUCTING IDENTITIES
355:201:G7 13676        MTH2 (10:20 – 11:40)  TIL-123 LIV                         INSTRUCTOR: D. LILLEY
 
Who are you? Is your identity fixed or is it always changing? How much of what makes you “you” comes from how others see you? How does identity intersect with values, beliefs, race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, language, religion, family, music, fashion, history and so on? This course explores multiple and overlapping ways humans perceive themselves, both as individuals and as part of a collective group, and how identity affects people’s lived experiences every day. We will examine the relationship between environment and psychological and biological selves. Possible areas of research include musical preference, fashion style, race relations, self-help books, plastic surgery, and national pride.
 
NUTRITION & EXERCISE SCIENCE
355:201:G8 19040        MTH3 (12:00 – 1:20)     BE-251 LIV                           INTRUCTOR: J. HUNTER
 
This course gives students an opportunity to research nutrition and exercise strategies for optimal wellness.  Research options include topics such as training techniques; sports pedagogy; training and diet for athletes; diet and/or exercise as treatment for or prevention of disease; nutrition and exercise for pregnant women; childhood obesity; occupational therapy; physical therapy; sports medicine; weight management; eating disorders; food insecurity; etc. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON BUSCH CAMPUS
 
AUTOBIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
355:201:G9 12121        MTH3 (12:00 – 1:20)     BE-119 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: D. LILLEY
 
How do life experiences shape us?  When we write the stories of our lives, why do we choose to construct a particular narrative in place of so many other possible representations of the self?  In this course, we will examine autobiographical modes of reading and writing that focus on the self in historical and cultural contexts.  We will explore the ideological assumptions that underpin how we conceive the nature of the self, as well as the identity politics that inform the ways in which we understand the deceptively simple question: Who am I?
 
TABOOS AND TRANSGRESSIONS 
355:201:J1 10706          TF3 (12:00 – 1:20)           BE-119 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: L. SCHMID
 
What activities are we expected not to entertain publically or even privately?  Sexual deviance, death rituals, illicit drug use—why do certain taboos both appall us and appeal to us at the same time?  And who gets to decide what's forbidden?  In this course we will consider how our ideas of transgressions have changed throughout the years and what new codes of conduct we're expected to abide by today.  Topics of exploration include all things offensive, disobedient, and unmentionable.  
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RELATIONS
355:201:M3 03837       TTH4 (1:40 – 3:00)         TIL-127 LIV                         INSTRUCTOR: K. YENIYURT
 
This course considers the objectives and strategies of international business in the context of global competition. Student research options include topics such as cross-cultural differences in business practices, international trade differences, outsourcing, the International Monetary System, currency disputes, global competition, trade wars, and the role of organizations such as the United Nations, NAFTA, and the World Trade Organization.
 
FILM
355:201:M7 08578       TTH5 (3:20 – 4:40)         TIL-127 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: G. SCHROEPFER
 
E.T. The dance of death at sunset. Gangsters, hangovers, and martial arts.   A slum dog millionaire. Perhaps no other art form in the last century has left an impact on culture the way that film has. Through the images on screen, audiences engage in their hopes and fears, find their heroes, and confront their demons. Hollywood, Bollywood, the indie, the foreign film, documentaries and animation--the categories that fall under the art form have left a lasting legacy on our imaginations. This course will explore the nature of film as an art form and look at its power to inspire and enchant. Students may write about the lasting influence of a particular film, a director, or the significance of a genre.
 
Douglass/Cook
 
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
355:201:23 11976         M2 (10:55 – 12:15)          HCK-119 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: T. BENDER
This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation
 
"A child's story which is enjoyed only by a child is a bad child's story. The good ones last." So said C.S. Lewis, referring to children’s books standing the test of time. But can children’s books stand the test of place as well? Against a theoretical background of Tony Watkins' piece, "Space, History and Culture: the Setting of Children's Literature," we will read stories for children from other lands, including The Baboon King by Anton Quintana, translated from Dutch and set in tribal East Africa; The Friends by Kazumi Yumoto, translated from Japanese and set in a Japanese city; The Clay Marble, by Minfong Ho, which is set in Cambodia during the Vietnam War; The Man From the Other Side by Uri Orlev, translated from Hebrew and set in Warsaw during the ghetto uprisings.  Possible research topics include examining how various cultural differences and values are reflected in international children’s stories of the student’s own choice.
 
ETHICS OF FOOD
355:201:24 11977         TH2 (10:55 – 12:15)       HCK-132 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: T. BENDER
This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation
 
355:201:N2 11978   MW3 (12:35 – 1:55) HCK-123(M), HCK-122(W) D/C INSTRUCTOR: T. BENDER
 
"Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food," Michael Pollan advised in his bestselling book, In Defense of Food. In our busy contemporary society, we cram down French fries that don't grow mold if we forget to eat them for a month; foot long sandwiches stuffed with processed meats; fizzy drinks of a dazzling array of colors. This course will explore the ethics of food, in terms of its production and distribution. Possible topics of research include an investigation of the ethics of the fast food industry, genetically modified foods, factory farms, agribusinesses, organic foods, food waste, and the recent increase in interest for local produce in farmers' markets, and rooftop farming in urban areas.
 
SCIENCE AND POLITICS  
355:201:25 04090         TTH4 (2:15 – 3:35)         HCK-112 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: D. LALLAS
 
Trying to bring science and politics together may seem as fruitless as trying to mix oil and water.  Yet the emergence of scientific discoveries including technological and engineering advancements, public health achievements in the 21st century, improved environmental awareness, and new medical techniques demands that our political debate no longer be driven by ideology alone. This class will explore the challenges of using social science methods and research that emphasizes science within politically infused discourses more often shaped by social media than by valid data.  Students will learn how to analyze the scholarly debates about how science is used to persuade politicians and inform public policy debates.
 
FROM PRINT TO FILM
355:201:D1 13840        TTH4 (2:15 – 3:35)         HCK-122 D/C                       INTRUCTOR: L. HEALEY
 
You read the book; you saw the movie. Which did you prefer? What changed from print to film? In this course, you will research and write about the process of film adaptation. Your main project for the class will be a research paper based on the critical discussion surrounding a classic film of your choice, subject to instructor approval.
 
MOTIVATION AND SUCCESS
355:201:N3 18962        MTH2 (10:55 – 12:15)  HCK-123 D/C     INSTRUCTOR: J. MESSINA
 
This course explores the science of motivation and the psychology of success. Research topics may include topics related to developmental psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, theories about motivation and achievement, intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation, self-control and self-regulation. We will examine the work of Carol Dweck, Tony Wagner and Daniel Pink, among others, to help students develop their own research projects.
 
JUSTICE IN POPULAR CULTURE 
355:201:N6 10910        MW4 (2:15 – 3:35)           HCK-123 D/C     INSTRUCTOR: M. OLTARZEWSKI
 
The Good Wife. Scandal. Pretty Little Liars. Serial. Orange is the New Black. This course will explore our culture's fascination with crime, law enforcement, and the justice system.  Students will discuss and research the glamorization of the pursuit of justice, and the link between law and entertainment as seen in novels and "true crime" literature, films, theater, television, and news media.  A wide variety of topics will be examined and analyzed, but students are encouraged to come to class with their own viewpoints on crime and punishment, as they have been presented in today's culture and throughout history.
 
FRUGALITY, SIMPLICITY, AND LIVING OFF THE GRID
355:201:S1 12034         TF3 (12:35 – 1:55)           HCK-123 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: J. LOEB
 
The average American is plagued with debt, yet feels compelled to maintain their onerous spending.  Tethered to expensive devices we now consume eight hours of media a day – and still manage to create four and-a-half pounds of trash.   It doesn't have to be this way.  In this course students will explore alternatives to the unsustainable consumerism and mindless dependency that have become hallmarks of millennial American culture.   Topics might include, but are not limited to: voluntary simplicity; self-sufficiency; thrift and frugality in American cultural history; social conditioning; alternative energy, housing, and economic practices; "preppers" and survivalism; urban simplicity; religious influences; "opting out" of social/technological paradigms; theory and practice(s) of minimalism; ethics, nature, and spirituality.
 
MUSICAL EXPRESSION & PERFORMANCE 
355:201:S3 06821         TTH4 (2:15 – 3:35)         HCK-126 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: E. GARDNER
 
This is an exciting, collaborative course designed to accommodate serious and meaningful research on a wide variety of topics. These have included important projects about the influence and significance of musicians like Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and George Harrison; fusion in Jazz and World Music; protest music; music and racism; fan behavior; film scoring; file sharing; the creativity of amateur musicians; and even stage fright.  Accomplished musicians who can use their expertise to shape a research topic, and students who love music and want to explore a topic that they are interested in, are equally welcome!
 
TIME AFTER TIME
355:201:S6 04071         TTH5 (3:55 – 5:15)         HCK-117 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: H. SWERDLOFF
 
What is time? For Plato, time was a "moving image of eternity." Isaac Newton conceived of time as an absolute flow, existing independently of all events and processes. To the Symbolists, time was all that was corrosive; time was death. British physicist, Julian Barbour, argues that time is merely an illusion. The truth is that at present, there is little consensus regarding an exact definition or even an adequate description of time. This class will offer students exciting opportunities for research in the broadest array of topics including, but not in any way limited to the psychology of time, biological time, time in the arts, the sociology of time, time in business, and the history of time.
 
MUSIC & DANCE
355:201:S8 10708         TTH8 (7:15 – 8:35)         HCK-129 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: E. GARDNER
 
Music and Dance explores a range of collaborative possibilities between musicians, dancers and choreographers. We seek to understand how artists work together to create performances and how music and dance affect us individually and culturally. This rich topic is ideal for dance and music majors interested in an opportunity to build on their expertise and knowledge, but a background in the arts is not essential, and there is no requirement to write about both music and dance in individual research papers. Possible research topics include specific dance forms and the iconic artists associated with them; music and dance in film, on Broadway and in smaller, more rarified venues; gender in dance and music; commercialism and its effect on the arts; anorexia and body image; dance and music therapy etc.
 

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NUTRITION AND EXERCISE SCIENCE

355:201:90 19041         ONLINE                                                                    INSTRUCTOR: M.SRINIVASAN

 

This course gives students an opportunity to research nutrition and exercise strategies for optimal wellness.  Research options include topics such as training techniques; sports pedagogy; training and diet for athletes; diet and/or exercise as treatment for or prevention of disease; nutrition and exercise for pregnant women; childhood obesity; occupational therapy; physical therapy; sports medicine; weight management; eating disorders; food insecurity; etc. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON AND BUSCH CAMPUS

PRIVACY RIGHTS IN THE DIGITAL AGE

355:201:91 19042         ONLINE                                                                      INSTRUCTOR: M. WAHBA

 Texts. Emails. Facebook. Twitter. Linkedin. G-chat. Skype. The way we communicate has changed over time and the channels of communication seem to be ever increasing.  This course gives students an opportunity to research and explore changes in communication in the context of the digital age.  Examples of research options include topics such as the changes in language attributable to increased electronic communication, the loss of a message's meaning on social media, the importance of (or lack thereof) body language in communication, and the effects of increased connectivity on communication. NOTE: THIS COURSE IS ALSO OFFERED ON COLLEGE AVENUE

 

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